In International Maritime Council India has again elected as Member [ Current Affairs ]


At 29th session of the IMO Assembly which held at London India has again elected to the Council of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in ‘B’ Category. India’s membership of the IMO Assembly symbolizes large interest of India in international seaborne interest trade.

  • Currently, according to the terms of Gross Tonnage capacity (GT) as well as Deadweight capacity India has ranked among the top 20 shipping countries of the world.

About International Maritime Organization (IMO) :

  • IMO was established in 1948 in Geneva but formatted in 1959 and was known as Inter - Governmental Maritime Consultative Organization (IMCO) until 1982.
  • It is an expert agency of the United Nations responsible for flexible shipping.
  • IMO’s Headquarters are located at London and United Kingdom.
  • IMO has 171 member states and 3 associate members.
  • Earlier in 1959 India has joined IMO as a member - state.
  • The main purpose of IMO is to develop and maintain a widespread regulatory framework for shipping and its forward.
  • This framework includes several areas like safety, legal matters, environmental concerns, technical co - operation, maritime security and efficiency of shipping.
  • IMO Council is made up of 40 member countries elected by the IMO Assembly and it plays an important role in determining several matters associated with global shipping industry.

- Published on: December 1, 2015